Ohio Family Law Blog

How family evaluations are used in determining child custody

It is not easy to raise children in Ohio, and parents must make many difficult decisions for their children in addition to the day to day decisions. When parents are together, one parent may be responsible for more of the decisions or both parents may be equally involved in all decisions. This is a dynamic that is determined between the two parents.

However, if the parents divorce, who makes those decisions and determinations regarding visitation are determined through child custody issues.

Basic process for starting a divorce in Ohio

There are many different reasons that people in Ohio decide to end their marriage. It could be financial reasons, infidelity, abuse, drug or alcohol addictions, the couple simply falls out of love and many other reasons.

When couples make the decision to file for divorce, there is a process to becoming legally divorced and an order needs to be issued officially terminating the marriage. This process begins with determining whether the couple meets the requirements for starting a divorce.

Are you parenting in Ohio while your ex is in another state?

Divorce is never easy, and when you have kids, it can be even more challenging. That doesn't necessarily mean you're ruining your children's lives or that achieving an amicable co-parenting plan is impossible. If you're trying to make a long-distance co-parenting plan work, you might really have your work cut out, but as long as you're both willing to work as a team, it can be doable.

It's always a good idea to craft a solid co-parenting plan in writing and to seek the court's approval. When a family law judge issues a court order, it helps avoid conflict because the judge clearly states the terms, and you and your ex both sign documents showing that you're in agreement. Still, living far apart can spark many unique challenges in a post-divorce parenting relationship.

What is included as gross income for child support?

There are many different costs that people in Ohio have and must pay in order to live the lifestyles they are accustomed to living. In order to pay for these costs, people must have income or some source of money. These sources of income could be through a job or other work that the person performs, but it can also come from many other sources. Some of these sources are taxable and some are not, but all of the money received can be used to meet monthly obligations.

For parents much of the money they receive goes towards paying for their children's needs. These basic needs include food, clothing and shelter, but there are other expenses as well. Paying for these expenses while parents are married can be much less complicated, but if the couple divorces, ensuring that both parents are contributing to the children's needs becomes a little more complicated. So, generally there are child support orders that order one parent to pay the other child support payments each month.

Getting through the collaborative divorce process

Many people in Ohio will go through a divorce in their lives. Ending a marriage is not easy, but people have options and the couple does not necessarily need to go through litigation and fight each other on every issue.

One option that couples may have is the collaborative divorce process. The basic process is that the couple and their attorneys sign an agreement to not proceed to litigation and instead will work together to reach agreements for resolution of the divorce. Outside professionals, such as accountants, psychologists and others, may be brought in to provide information, but the parties will resolve the matter on their own.

Ways to find if spouse is hiding assets in a divorce

The issues that need to be resolved in a divorce case in Ohio somewhat depend on the circumstances of the marriage. If the couple has minor children, they will need to make child custody, parenting time and child support determinations. However, divorces that do not involve minor child will not need to address any of those issues. Every divorce will need to deal with property division.

How complicated this process will be depends upon the type and amount of the assets a couple owns. If they do not have many assets, then dividing them could be a fairly simple process. However, if the couple owns many assets, it can be very complicated. The couple may need to have business appraisals, property appraisals, value collectibles, divide investment accounts and other types of assets. This whole process starts with finding and disclosing all of the marital assets.

Factors used in making shared parenting determinations

There are many different ways to parent children in Ohio and each parenting style differs from family to family. Even within the same family, two parents may parent differently. This does not necessarily mean that one style is wrong. Parents may have discussions about parenting while they are married and may disagree with the other parent from time to time, but the parents still may make the decisions together. This can be true if the couple ever divorces as well, but the parents must have a child custody order specifically stating that there is going to be shared parenting.

All decisions that are made about children in a child custody order are made based on what is in the best interests of the children. So, in making a custody determination, the court will analyze a number of factors and try to determine the best custody arrangement for the children. However, if the court is considering a shared parenting order, it must analyze an additional set of factors to determine whether shared parenting is also in the children's best interest.

Property division in Ohio not always straightforward

You have filed your divorce petition, and you are happy to be one step closer to breaking free from your marriage. However, you are also worried about how you and your soon-to-be ex will split your marital property.

The reality is, property division is not always straightforward in the state of Ohio. Here is a rundown on how the courts handle the division of marital property in the Buckeye State.

Jeff Bezos and his wife finalize their divorce

Most people in Ohio know about Amazon and there is a good chance they have used it to purchase various items. Many may have also heard that the owner of the company, Jeff Bezos, and his wife were going through a divorce. That divorce appears to now be finalized as the couple filed a joint petition for divorce. The parties were able to reach agreements on all issues regarding the property division, child custody, child support and spousal support, which neither will receive.

This divorce demonstrates that couples do not need to litigate their entire divorce even if it involves large amounts of money. The couple made statements that seem to show that they are still very cordial and plan to continue a friendship as they co-parent their children. Divorces can be very contentious, but they do not need to be as long as the couple is able to work together to achieve results that are in the best interests of their children and that ensures both will be able to continue to work together as they raise their children.

Determining child support for voluntarily unemployed parent

When parents raise their children they need to provide for them in many ways including financially. At the most basic level, parents must feed their children, make sure they have a place to live and are clothed. Simply providing the basics can be expensive, but there are many other costs that parents must pay as well such as for healthcare costs, child care costs, extracurricular activities and others. If the parents are married sharing the costs are easy, but if parents divorce ensuring both parents contribute can be more difficult.

So, to ensure that both parents contribute to these costs, most divorce decrees will include a child support obligation for one parent to pay to the other. The amount of the child support obligation is based on a number of factors, but the biggest one is the parent's respective gross income. This is relatively easy to determine when the parent is working for a company, but sometimes a parent may quit a job, be fired or take a job earning less money or working less hours while the divorce is pending.

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